Nadine Gordimer died peacefully at the age of 90 on Sunday. The Nobel laureate transcended the provincial confines of her solitary childhood in the small mining town of Springs to become a fierce opponent of apartheid through her critically acclaimed writings.
The remains of writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, who died in exile in the United States in 1965, are to be repatriated to South Africa, in what Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called "a defeat for those who sought to turn Nakasa, like the majority of his people, into temporary sojourners in the country of their birth".
Sibusiso Vilane is the first African, and one of only a handful of people, to accomplish the Explorers Grand Slam - the Goliath Challenge. He is a walking, talking advertisement for perseverance and resilience, spreading the message that "we Africans can reach great heights" around the world.
Captain Eric Manentsa's appointment as the first black chief pilot at South African Airways has been described as a proud moment for the airline and a milestone for the country in its 20th year of democracy.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's fearless pursuit of truth has landed her a spot on
the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World list. The fierce legal eagle has
some 30 years' experience upholding the rule of law, including having helped draft
South Africa's Constitution.
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